The EU VAT-tax and custom fee is gained by EU customs on arrival in EU-Europe, even on things for personal use.
But the excepted quantity (value) of personal goods should be enough for the common traveller.
Anything you send apart (by parcel) will be taxed as common import good, thus not fall into your excepted quantity.
The main issue may be to decide what falls under the baggage (free anyway) and what under the excepted quantity of additional personal goods.
A lot a traveller should know can be found here:
Last edited by AgX; 04-27-2014 at 02:06 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Just a heads up when going through Munich security will go through every piece of gear that you have if it's film, open the body look on the lenses, check the action on the shutter. Probably thinking you have some James Bond gadget in the camera that can take down a plane. So just expect to be stuck in the security line for about ten minutes, I've been through there about four or five times and it happened to me every time.
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Thanks Agx, guess I will find out when I get there.
bring all the film you want, and have it hand inspected.
thats what i do, high iso, low iso, sheets, rolls, paper even ..
just don't put it through with your luggage
My plan so far is to just bring it all, request a hand inspection when I can and not sweat when I can't. As long as I can minimize the number of passes hopefully I'll be ok.
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One more idea I have is to check with British Airways about getting a hand check.
From heathrows site about film:
We also advise that special arrangements can be made for photographers carrying professional film (ISO 800 and above) by prior arrangement with their airline or airport.
It's a long shot but so far british airways customer service has been helpful to me.
Originally Posted by JoJo
Lucky you. I've been instructed to x-ray hand-baggage, cameras and film at Weese and at Dusseldorf airports - these are the only airports I have ever used in Germany. Same for Heathrow, Gatwick and Speke in UK and assorted holiday airports in Spain and Turkey. The hotels and restaurants I have visited with security gates have been in France, Italy, and Egypt (which is outside this thread of course). That was some ten years ago, but recently I have changed jobs and become poorer...
I normally don't eat in top restaurants or stay in 5-star hotels. Maybe that's the reason.
But there could be such checks in countries where they have problems with terrorism at tourist places.
I would aks the guys checking it by hand, even if there is an x-ray machine. They are mostly too lazy to do it, that's it.
Most important is: Smile, be friendly, take enough time, explain what you want in a friendly but exactly way.
If they are not cooperative in any way, call for the boss. If the boss is not cooperative in any way, call for the boss of the boss.
In most cases (if the whole procedure took enough time and trouble for them) they let you pass.
I talked to British Airways and they said they will note on my ticket that I will be traveling with film. I don't really know what good that will do me.